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07 December 2012

Gene identified that turns carbs into fat

A gene that helps the body convert carbohydrates into fat could provide a new target for potential treatments for fatty liver disease, diabetes and obesity.

 A gene that helps the body convert that big plate of holiday food you just polished off into fat could provide a new target for potential treatments for fatty liver disease, diabetes and obesity.

"This work brings us one step forward in understanding fatty liver disease resulting from an excessive consumption of carbohydrates," said the study's senior author, Hei Sook Sul, professor at UC Berkeley's Department of Nutritional Science and Toxicology. "The discovery of this role of BAF60c may eventually lead to the development of treatment for millions of Americans with fatty liver and other related diseases."

 
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